Squad Swimming

The Head Coach of Porirua City Aquatics is Nevill Sutton who is directly responsible for our competitive swimmers and our squad structures. With over 40 years of involvement in the sport of swimming through competing, coaching, and administration. Nevill has a wealth of knowledge which is to the benefit of our swimmers.

Our squads swim at various times as outlined in the weekly swimming timetable

Squad swimming is available to any club member who is keen to race, is committed to training and is prepared to pay the extra coaching fees and pool door entry. Placement in a squad will be made if there is space in a squad that suits the swimmers ability.

All queries relating to moving into a squad or fees should be addressed to Viv Morton phone (04) 234-7071 or .


If you have any other queries you can either contact the coach or the nominated Squad Liaison club member, details are on our contacts page.

Our squad structure is as follows:

  • Tadpoles, an introductory squad getting the swimmers ready to move into one of the competitive training squads. There is a big focus on technique and developing the basic skills needed before being able to efficiently race.
  • Eels Squad, has a heavy focus on technique with encouragement to start to race.
  • Penguins Squad, focuses on creating good habits that can be expanded on in order to improve the swimmer. A big focus on technique development in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke with an introduction to butterfly. Turns are introduced for each stroke and practiced throughout each session. Diving is also introduced and worked on with each swimmer when diving is available.
  • Seals Squad, the focus of the Seals squad is stroke development and teaching all four competitive strokes, Individual Medley (IM), and starts and turns through positive reinforcement and immediate feedback. An important objective for this group is to develop a love for swimming through fun games and activities in the water. Swimmers are expected to continue developing self-discipline, respect for coaches and swimmers, as well as age-appropriate social skills in a team environment.
  • Swordfish Squad, the program focus of the Swordfish squad builds on skill development, stroke construction, and refinement. Swimmers are introduced to interval sets, effort, and pace management.
  • Sharks Squad, the program focus of the Sharks squad devotes great attention to all four strokes and Individual Medley (IM) refinement. Starts, turns, transitions and finishes receive significant attention including reaction time, flight, entry and underwater work. Short-course racing demands an emphasis on underwater work. The increased proficiency will benefit the swimmer during the long course season as well.
  • Orcas Squad, the program focus of the Orcas squad is on swimming biomechanics with attention to every detail in stroke refinement and racing techniques. The backbone of the structure is Individual Medley (IM) training. PCA believes the age group swimming focus should be to develop all-around swimmers. IM training addresses that effectively. Swimmers are assessed individually and attention goes into building around the strengths while, at the same time, diligently working on improving swimmers’ weaknesses.
  • Senior Squad - Lane 1, a squad for those aiming to achieve Div II or NAGS qualifying times, to make finals at Swim Wellington Championships and to compete at all Premier Events.
  • Senior Squad - Lane 2, a higher squad for those aiming to achieve Div II or NAGS times, to make finals at SW Championships and compete at all Premier Events.
  • Senior Squad - Lane 3, our highest squad for those competing at Open Nationals, squad members are expected to make the highest commitment to their swimming, they are aiming to medal at SW Championships and make finals at National events.


An information sheet with more information about the Squad structure, expectations and progression is available here.